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ITASIA Colloquium

2015 Colloquium Series

ITASIA Colloquium (May 19, 2015)

* No registration is required.

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 17:00-
Venue: 549 Conference Room, 5th Floor, Akamon General Research Building

Dr. Volker Krause
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science,
Eastern Michigan University

Article 9 in a Tough Neighborhood: Evidence from Poll and Event Data

Although Article 9 of Japan's post-World War II constitution says that "the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation," Japan's security environment demonstrates that the absence of war does not necessarily mean the presence of peace. Memories of past Japanese militarism still haunt Japan's relations with states such as China and South Korea. Yet, Japan's aversion to militarism expressed in its current constitution has been met on numerous occasions with militarized challenges from Russia, China, South Korea, North Korea, and Taiwan. The objective of this study is to look at published poll data as well as militarized dispute event data to explain why Japan has been gradually moving from strict self-defense of its homeland to a proactive regional defense based on a strategy of deterrence by denial.
In this approach, the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty remains vital to Japan's national security although it means that Japan needs to increasingly balance its attention to regional security with U.S. interests in more active Japanese contributions to global security.

HARADA Shiro, Associate Professor, III, UTokyo
MAEDA Yukio, Associate Professor, III&ISS, UTokyo

Date and Time: Tuesday, 24 July 2012, 5:00 - 6:10 PM

Venue: Fukutake Learning Studio 2&3, III Fukutake Hall B2F

First Talk:

Art against Science: debating the great hydraulic transition in South Asia
by Rohan D'Souza, Project Associate Professor (UT-ICCR Chair),
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, UT

Second Talk:

Tokyo as an Imperial Capital
by Jordan Sand, Associate Professor,
Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, UT


Shigeto Sonoda, Professor,
Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, UT


Yasuhiro Matsuda, Professor,
Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, UT

2009 Colloquium Series

Tuesday, 7 April 2009, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Kirsten ZIOMBEK, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

Title: The Human Pavilion of 1903: Learning about Japanese empire through the lives of Fushine Kōzō, Nakamura Kame, Uehara Ushi, and Yū Kasei

In 1903, during the Fifth Domestic Industrial Fair held in Osaka, an exhibit called the Academic Human Pavilion (gakujutsu jinruikan) was held, in which living humans were showcased alongside their dwellings and traditional goods. Among the people displayed were Okinawans, Ainu, three races of Taiwanese people, a Turk, an African, a Javanese, as well as several South Asian Indians. Protests from the Chinese led to the canceling of the display of Chinese people. Protests from the Koreans and Okinawans also resulted in their respective displays to be canceled, although both groups had been displayed for a while. Up until now, the Human Pavilion has been analyzed through the lens of exhibition studies, where world fairs are equated to being simultaneously sites of imperial display. Also, specifically within Okinawan studies the Human Pavilion is remembered as one of the first crystallizations of the ambivalent location of Okinawans both inside and outside of naichi (metropolis).

However, in all these analyses the people themselves who were displayed were never the focal point of concern. It was sufficient to the leave the people, faceless, as representatives of racial groups that were being discriminated against. In a story of Japanese oppression, the victims were inconsequential as the narratives were told in terms of gaze, Japanese orientalism, the West, the Other and where the displayed peoples’ position as spectacle (misemono) became further entrenched with the commensurate lack of attention afforded to them as individuals. Contrary to their treatment today, in 1903 newspapers were awash with many detailed accounts of the specific individuals on display. In this talk, I will draw upon the lives and stories of four people displayed in the Human Pavilion: Ainu Fushine Kōzō, Okinawan women Nakamura Kame and Uehara Ushi, and Taiwanese Yū Kasei. I will discuss how they came to be displayed and drawing upon what we can learn about their experiences, I will argue that it is necessary to re-examine the power dynamics between the organizers of the display, the Japanese government, and the individuals that were displayed. Consequently, we are forced to also reflect on the limitations and scope of Japanese imperialism during the late Meiji period. Lastly, while previous research has focused on the content of the Okinawan and Chinese protests of the display, I will introduce an examination of a wide range of Japanese criticism concerning the display, which illustrates that the Human Pavilion was far from being accepted unilaterally as a display of imperial prestige.

Discussant: Jordan SAND (Associate Professor, Georgetown University)


University of Tokyo

Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

Main Building (情報学環本館)

Conference Room, 6F(実験室、6階)


2008 Colloquium Series

Wednesday, 3 December 2008, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Hermann SIMON, Chairman of Simon-Kucher & Partners, Strategy & Marketing Consultants

Title: Manage for Profit, Not for Market Share

Dr. Simon is an expert in strategy, marketing and pricing and has advised clients from around the world. In 2005 he was voted the most influential management thinker in Germany after the late Peter Drucker. He has published over 30 books in 15 languages, including the worldwide bestsellers Hidden Champions and Power Pricing. His most recent book Manage for Profit, not for Market Share (Harvard Business School Press, 2006) challenges the widespread focus among managers on volume and market share, advocating instead a clear profit orientation.

Simon has been and still is a member of numerous company boards and boards of trustees. He also serves on editorial boards for business journals. Before committing himself full-time to the management consulting business, Simon was a professor of business administration and marketing at the universities of Mainz (1989-1995) and Bielefeld (1979-1989). He was also a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, Stanford, London Business School, INSEAD, Keio University in Tokyo and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Between 1985 and 1988, he was the director of the USW - the European School of Management and Technology.


University of Tokyo

Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

Fukutake Hall(情報学環福武ホール)

Learning Theater, B2F(福武ラーニングシアター)


Wednesday, 12 November 2008, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Purnendra JAIN, Center for Asian Studies, University of Adelaide

Title: From Condemnation to Strategic Partnership: Explaining Japan's Rising Interest in India

In my presentation I will outline Japan's changing views of India over the decade from 1998 to 2008 and examine the main factors contributing to the changes as unprecedented and unexpected developments have begun to dramatically reshape the economic and politico-strategic turf of Asia-Pacific. I argue that prospects are strong for further development of the relationship as the two now share wide-ranging interests. Nevertheless, the prism through which Japanese officials assess regional and world politics differs from that of Indian policy makers such that the relationship will not necessarily take Japan's preferred form and Japanese overtures will need to adjust accordingly. Clearly, factors that are both external and internal to Japan have inclined Japan towards India across the past decade.


University of Tokyo

Institute of Oriental Culture (東洋文化研究所)

Large Conference Room(大会議室)


Tuesday, 28 October 2008, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Jordan SAND, Georgetown University

Title: Tropical Furniture and Bodily Comportment in Colonial Asia

This presentation will examine the ways that colonization of tropical and semi-tropical places introduced new furniture and bodily habits into the lives of British, Japanese, and Americans both in colonial settings and in imperial metropoles. The focus will be on the use and significance of rattan chairs first in British and Dutch colonies, then in Japanese colonial Taiwan, and finally in the context of American military hegemony in the Pacific.


University of Tokyo

Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

III Main Building(情報学環本館)

Conference Room, 6th Floor(6階・実験室)